League A Group 2 of the Nations League sees England take on Belgium, Denmark, and Iceland for a place in the finals. England are up to number four in the FIFA World Rankings and can count themselves unlucky to be drawn against the world’s number one team Belgium (on rankings). Denmark are up to 16th after a decent run of form, while Iceland are 39th.
Some bookmakers have made the Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions the favourites to top the group, but a bigger percentage have them as second favourites behind Belgian. England supporters will be hoping for more glory after a good World Cup was followed by them reaching the Nations League semifinals and qualifying for Euro 2021. But Belgium are the better team on paper and are our Nations League – League 1 Group B tip.
Cast your mind back two summers and English fans were dreaming of reaching the World Cup Finals in Russia. Croatia ended that dream, but it was Belgium that comfortably beat England 2-0 in the third-place playoff. Belgium also beat England 1-0 in the World Cup group stages to top the group. That worked in England’s favour, as they were pitched into the weaker side of the knockout stages, but they still couldn’t take advantage.
It’s possible to argue that England have improved since then, with Jadon Sancho continuing to impress and likely to make an impact alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Marus Rashford, and Raheem Sterling. Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have also staked a claim this season and will have given Southgate a selection-headache, be it a nice one.
But while some will have you believe the golden age of Belgian football is about to come to an end, with Switzerland’s win against them in the last Nations League a sign of things to come, Belgium took no prisoners in winning all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Romelu Lukaka has also enjoyed a great year in Serie A and will be looking to prove to English Premier League fans just how good he is when a team plays to goal-scoring talents.
Denmark’s results against Switzerland in Euro 2020 qualifying suggest they have a bit to find on the form book with the two main market rivals, while Iceland shouldn’t have the firepower to trouble the principles. That’s why Belgium are our Nations League – League 1 Group B tip.
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